Colombo Telegraph

WikiLeaks:T.M.G.Chandrasekera Is A Key US Contact

By Colombo Telegraph –

“He is a key contact of the Press Section, always taking the trouble to assign the best in the station for interviews. Our press events in Colombo and outstations have been well taken care of by him.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

T.M.G.Chandrasekera

The Colombo Telegraph found the related cable from WikiLeaks database, which details T.M.G.Chandrasekera’s biographic data and justifies his nomination to “TV BROADCAST JOURNALISM” project. The cable is signed by the Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead May 20, 2004.

The US Embassy wrote “Post nominates T.M.G. ‘Chandrasekera’ Deputy Director News and Current Affairs, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, for participation in subject project. Post confirms that this nomination has ‘full country team approval.’”

Under the subheading “START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION” they wrote “TMG Chandrasekera was introduced live programming via Rupavahini on the use and advantages of the Internet. As this was aired on national TV, the program reached the grassroots. A visiting lecturer at the University of Peradeniya, TMGC has conducted video program production workshop and has interviewed several top government officials including the president of Sri Lanka. He is a key contact of the Press Section, always taking the trouble to assign the best in the station for interviews. Our press events in Colombo and outstations have been well taken care of by him. This nomination has ‘full Country Team approval.’”

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Read the cable below for further details;

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 000840 

SIPDIS 

FOR ECA/PE/V/M ALISON MOYLAN/DEBORAH THOMPSON
ALSO FOR ECA/PE/V/R/N LARRY A. MOODY; SA/PD 

E.O. 12958:  N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT:  FY 05 IV PROGRAM: SRI LANKAN NOMINEE FOR MRP
"TV BROADCAST JOURNALISM", APRIL 7-28, 2005.
PROJECT NO. E/VM-2005-0019 

REF:  COLOMBO 00765 

1.  Post nominates T.M.G. "Chandrasekera" Deputy Director
News and Current Affairs, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation,
for participation in subject project.  Post confirms that
this nomination has "full country team approval." 

2.  Nomination is as follows:
START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: tilakawardenac@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS  Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 114
ECA-PROJ-NO: E/VM-2005-0019
PROJ-NAME: TV Broadcast Journalism -April 7-28, 2005
START MEMO PROJ-DESC: 

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2004
DEPART-POST: 04/05/2005
SESSION-DATE: 04/07/2005
RETURN-POST: 04/30/2005
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 0
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal on "Democratic
Systems and Practices"
END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD: 

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: MRP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: U
SUBJ-DISC: Broadcast Journalism
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Tennekoon
M-NAME: M. Gunawardena
L-NAME: CHANDRASEKERA
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 610
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: News Division
M-ADDR2: Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
M-ADDR3: Independence Square
M-CITY: Colombo 7
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-777) 726-4062
M-FAX: (94-11) 258-0134
M-EMAIL: tmgc@email.com
M-CNTRY-ID: CE
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 11/12/1959
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Ratmalgahaweva
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs, Sri Lanka
Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), December 2003- to date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
TV program presenter and moderator for live programs, 1995-
to date
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1995-2003 - Producer and Assistant Director, News and
Current Affairs, SLRC
1986-95 - Editor, Economic Review of Saturday Divaina
1986-95 - Editorial writer and feature writer of Saturday
Divaina and 

END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
September 1999 - To cover president's participation at the
IMF - G 24 Summit
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
Bangladesh - January 2004 - 12th SAARC Summit
Canada - 1999 - International Conference on Federalism
Scotland - 1997 - Commonwealth Summit
China - 1996 - To cover president's visit to China
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
B.A. Hons. in Philosophy, University of Kelaniya, 1984
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
Member, Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS: 

END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID: 

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Sinhala
ENGL-READ: 3
ENGL-SPEAK: 3
ENGL-COMP: 3
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
This nomination is in support of MPP goal on "Democratic
Systems and Practices"
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD: 

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ: 

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC: 

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Bruce A. Lohof
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
TMG Chandrasekera was introduced live programming via
Rupavahini on the use and advantages of the Internet. As
this was aired on national TV, the program reached the
grassroots.  A visiting lecturer at the University of
Peradeniya, TMGC has conducted video program production
workshop and has interviewed several top government
officials including the president of Sri Lanka.  He is a
key contact of the Press Section, always taking the trouble
to assign the best in the station for interviews.  Our
press events in Colombo and outstations have been well
taken care of by him.
This nomination has "full Country Team approval." 

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: Public Affairs
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 153
PERSON-ID: 160
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CE
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CE
RES-CNTRY-ID: CE
FIRST-LANG-ID: SI
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 2929
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 09.0402
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1: DOS
USGOVT-AGENCY1: DOS
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 8000
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT: 

3.  Please advise acceptance of this nomination. 

LUNSTEAD

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